On Sunday afternoon, Lune Croissanterie’s custom pastry delivery vehicle was stolen from outside its Fitzroy HQ.
But moments after Broadsheet spoke to Lune co-founder Kate Reid about the theft, the van was found abandoned in Collingwood.
It was stolen while a staff member was waiting for a load of raw pastries at the back of the van. They’d left the engine still running, and a thief brazenly jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off.
“We’ve had people making jokes [on Instagram] saying, ‘Can I get a lifetime supply of croissants if I find it for you?’” says Kate.
Perhaps it’s unsurprising the vehicle has been found.
“It has the biggest Lune emblem on both sides of it,” Kate says. “It’s very much marked.”
The vehicle was discovered on Cromwell Street on Monday by a Lune regular who was leaving the Crossfit Collingwood gym.
Inside the vehicle were more potentially stolen goods including fridge temperature charts, which according to Victoria Police appeared to be from Industry Beans, and a coffee machine.
“Which is insane,” says Industry Beans marketing manager Claire Brill. “We keep all of our fridge temp charts digitally now. They must be really old.”
Brill still doesn’t know if the coffee machine belongs to Industry Beans, but is currently contacting store managers to see if any property is missing.
The van itself is relatively undamaged apart from a few scrapes to its bumper. Kate Reid’s brother and business partner Cam Reid is just glad that, as the van was empty, the thief didn’t get their hands on any Lune pastries.
“I’d be ropable,” he says. “But I’d know if someone was baking our croissants and passing them off as their own. No-one rolls a croissant like Lune.”
The black Volkswagen Caddy can now return to transporting raw pastries from its Fitzroy headquarters to its new CBD store. The van is crucial to Lune operations as it’s been decked out with a special refrigeration unit and racks for the trays of award-winning pastries, ensuring they stay cool on the road.
“I think we spent about $20,000 having that customised. We use it up to eight hours every day moving pastries back and forward as they are ready and rolled,” says Kate.
This isn't the first time a Melbourne hospitality business has had a prized possession stolen, only to turn up again soon after. In May, Viking-referencing bar and restaurant Mjølner had its beloved Thor's hammer whisky decanter stolen. The hammer was later handed into Perth Police Station by a 52-year-old Western Australian man from Mindarie.
Cam Reid is glad the Lune van is back, but he has one final message for the thief: “Don’t steal a giant billboard.”
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or to submit a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au.